Avalon students are winners in Goldberg contest

Pictured with a blowup of the prize money check: Standing: Riley Ebaugh, Dominique Moore, Abby Straub; Seated: Chris Crawford, Chris Crow, Robert Persson. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

Avalon Elementary fifth grade science students under the guidance of teacher Karen Klicker recently learned that a project they had entered in a Rube Goldberg contest was among the winners in competition that included several schools from Western Pennsylvania. The contest was sponsored by Matt’s Maker Space and the Grable Foundation, in conjunction with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Explained in a Goldberg posting on the internet, “A Rube Goldberg Machine Contest is a contest in which students build devices to complete a simple task in a minimum of 20 steps in the style of American cartoonist Rube Goldberg.”

Avalon’s simple task was to design and build a complex multi-step contraption to pop a balloon.

Along with being named a winner, the school received a $2,000 prize that will be used to purchase materials for future projects.

While the project involved all fifth grade students, Chris Crow created a two-minute video that captured the story of the project,” Klicker said, adding, “The video was all of his making.”

Pictured at left with a blowup of the prize money check: Standing: Riley Ebaugh, Dominique Moore, Abby Straub;Seated: Chris Crawford, Chris Crow, Robert Persson. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen